Two candidates who narrowly lost convention endorsements for Congress and state treasurer, Democrat Jahana Hayes and Republican Art Linares, said Thursday they will seek their parties’ nominations in primaries in August. Hayes is a candidate for Congress; Linares for state treasurer.
MASHANTUCKET — The Republican State Convention endorsed retired investment executive Thad Gray of Salisbury for state treasurer over Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook by a razor-thin 14 votes. It also endorsed Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller for comptroller over Litchfield businessman Mark Greenberg, though that nomination also might be settled at a primary.
Sen. Art Linares, R-Westbrook, announced an exploratory campaign for statewide office Thursday and became the fourth Republican in the evenly divided state Senate to begin raising money for higher office, a potential complication for a GOP hoping to win a majority next year.
It’s Election Day in Connecticut. In the crucial battle for control of the state Senate, here is an overview of what to watch for in each of the nine most competitive races as the results come in tonight.
The battle for control of Connecticut’s state legislative chambers is in its final days. Here are the latest headlines in the Senate battleground districts.
If the GOP can gain four seats, it will turn a 21-15 Democratic advantage into a 19-17 Republican majority, giving them control of the chamber for the first time in 20 years.
CLEVELAND — House Minority Leader Themis Klarides of Derby arrived here Thursday morning, saying she was delayed by a need to spend time with her ailing father, not a desire to distance herself from Donald J. Trump, the Republican National Convention or the GOP platform. Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook showed up Wednesday night.
Connecticut’s delegation to the Republican National Convention will be a mix of neophytes smitten with the outsider politics of Donald J. Trump, as well as pillars of a GOP establishment still adjusting to him as the party’s presumptive nominee. The delegation includes three former state chairs, six legislators and a Greenwich fundraiser who was an ambassador under George W. Bush.
The state Senate’s only Hispanic member missed a vote Wedensday night on a bill that would make undocumented students eligible for a pool of college financial aid money. The bill passed 21-13 and was sent to the House, but Sen. Art Linares now says he would have voted against it.